BY REBECCA SHEEHAN
The New York Giants may still have that rotten taste in their mouth after missing the playoffs this past season, but fans are now going to have to deal with a few more team surprises.
On Wednesday, the Giants organization continued to chop down its roster by letting go of some more players.
Thanks to the report by the Associated Press, fans will be saying goodbye to leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive tackle Chris Canty, weakside linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackle Martin Parker. Team veterans Bradshaw, Canty and Boley all were a contributing factor to the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots, just one year ago.
Although they were a huge part of the team, unfortunately their big contracts and untimely nagging injuries hurt them. Bradshaw, the biggest player to be released, struggled with knee and ankle injuries and was slated to earn $4.5 million this upcoming season. Canty, who signed to earn $6.5 million dealt with knee issues throughout his time with the Giants, while Boley who was plagued with a shoulder and hamstring injury was to bring in $4 million.
Letting go of Bradshaw will hurt Giant fans in a big way. The 26-year-old played on two Super Bowl championship teams while leading the team in rushing the past three seasons. Not to mention, he is sixth on the franchise's career rushing list with 4,232 yards.
''Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I've been around,'' said general manager Jerry Reese to the Associated Press. Reese picked up Bradshaw with the 250th pick in the 2007 draft. ''Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.''
Although their time in New York was cut shorter than they would have hoped for, they will also reflect back in a positive manner.
“It is one thing with the Giants, they just have one of the greatest organizations and I can vouch for that,” Bradshaw told WFAN’s Mike Francesa, and printed on the New York Giants team website. “So, like I say, I’m definitely going to remember the guys I did it with – not only just the moments I had individually — but it was a blast.”